Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 7/21/20  Psalm 78:29-30a, So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; they were not estranged from their lust. Do not be deceived: if you get what you want so badly, you

won’t be satisfied. You’re exceptional, but you’re not the exception. The Devil’s used that line for 6000 years.                                  Many of the Psalms are outpourings from the heart: many sorrowful, some doubtful, some prayerful, some exultant. Many were written in times of trouble. And, the Book of Psalms is the favorite of many Christians. Will anyone be blest because of how you react to life’s events? Because of your faithfulness? Will anyone realize that they are not the only one who has ever doubted God? Will another be pricked because you repented after chastening? Will another sing the song you wrote while in tears? Share your life:  you are more valuable than you realize.

- Wednesday, 7/22/20  Proverbs 17:23, A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. Few of us are in a legal position to receive a bribe. However, we disobey this verse often. Have you ever not spoken up for someone being gossiped about because “you didn’t want to make waves”? Peer pressure?                          Psalm 80:3, Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. What we need is God: His Word, His ways, His presence, His fulness. What we don’t NEED is more money, more time, more power, more things. While many believers will, on the surface, agree with this thought, the vast majority live the vast majority of our lives denying it. Seek His face; ask for Him to search you and cleanse you; ask the Holy Spirit to fill and control you.

- - Thursday, 7/23/20  Psalm 81:10, I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. HE said it, not the preacher. So He must REALLY want to answer our prayers. So, if we’re getting nothing, WE must be doing something to stop it. Figure it out.                                  Psalm 140:6, I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord. When was the last time you said the first half of this verse to the Lord?  In the second half, the root of the word “supplications” is supple: a very soft version of what is not usually that way. Something compliant, submissive, and obedient. Would God characterize you as usually “yielding” to His way and will, or demanding of your own way and will?

- Friday, 7/24/20  Psalm 141:2, Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. A reminder that Revelation 5 says our prayers are perfume to Him; the lifting of hands shows surrender and a non-threat (like a sacrifice is totally at the mercy of the priest.)                               Ephesians 6:13, Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Paraphrase: “Do all that you can do to prepare, and then STAND; don’t quit.”  God has promised to never overload us: but it’s all for naught if we run and bail on Him. When you’ve done all you can do, don’t quit. Yes, you may look and feel like Rocky Balboa, but STAND.

- Saturday, 7/25/20  Psalm 142:3, When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. It’s how God operates: He allows problems to overwhelm us so that we are humbled and turn to Him. Rest assured: He is aware of current circumstances, and also of the way forward. Just take the next step by faith.                               Proverbs 20:10, Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord. This is referring to standards for different people/situations, i.e. inequity. To some degree all of us do it, but in what arenas could you walk a little closer to a life of consistency? In what areas do you show situational ethics?

- Sunday, 7/26/20  Romans 15:1-2, We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. A Christian WILL pull more than his fair share of the load...period. And a good Christian will do it gladly.                                 Are you running a little short on hope these days? Feeling hopeless?  Romans 15:4, For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Reread that...carefully. We get hope through patience and comfort. What are they? Troubles, and deliverance from troubles through the Bible. That very thing which we despise is the SOURCE of our hope: embrace your troubles!! No strength comes if we don’t lift weights.

- Monday, 7/27/20  John 9:11, He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. You have a story to tell: tell it and brag on Jesus.                                  Deuteronomy 9:7, Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord. Maybe we need to obey verses like this more often. It would knock us down a peg or two; humbling ourselves...hmmm...where did I read that?? (But don’t STOP on this verse: keep going to how wonderful He is to love us and redeem us.)

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